Famines occur at the interface of nature and culture. They involve both the bio-physical as well as the social sphere. This broad socio-ecological character extends beyond the reach of individual disciplines. Therefore the workshop united researchers from the natural and social sciences as well as the humanities. They discussed the integration of the "archives of nature" as well as "archives of man" in order to challenge deterministic models of human-environment interaction. With reference to recent interdisciplinary concepts (disaster studies, vulnerability studies, environmental history) they identified small-scale high-resolution research designs, as a means to establish empirical studies on the socio-natural character of historical societies.
Guido Alfani (Mailand, ITA), Oliver Bothe (Geesthacht, GER), Rudolf Brázdil (Brno, CZE), Ulf Büntgen (Birmensdorf, SUI), Bruce M. S. Campbell (Belfast, GBR), Vinita Damodaran (Brighton, GBR), Andrea De Vincenti (Zürich, SUI), Jessica Dijkman (Utrecht, NED), Stephan Ebert (Darmstadt, GER), Andrea Fadani (Ulm, GER), Heli Huhtamaa (Joensuu, FIN), Dario Kaidel (Heidelberg, GER), Manuela Lenzen (Bielefeld, GER), Francis Ludlow (New Haven, USA), Jürg Luterbacher (Gießen, GER), Katrin Moeller (Halle (Saale), GER), Hans-Heinrich Nolte (Barsinghausen, GER), Kathrin Pindl (Regensburg, GER), Carolin Rethorn (Heidelberg, GER), Andreas Rüther (Bielefeld, GER), Jürgen Schmidt (Tübingen, GER), Steven Serels (Berlin, GER)